A FORMER employee of Google has said that he was motivated to
speak out about the company's tax affairs by his belief in the
Barney Jones, a former member of the sales-team at Google, told
the Public Accounts Committee in May that the company's
vice-president, Matt Britten, had been wrong to say that the
company did not sell products in the UK and therefore paid no tax
there. The Committee subsequently published a report, which said:
"To avoid UK corporation tax, Google relies on the deeply
unconvincing argument that its sales to UK clients take place in
Ireland, despite clear evidence that the vast majority of sales
activity takes place in the UK."
Mr Jones told The Guardian, on Thursday of last week:
"I don't think there has been any real benefit to me for standing
up. The main benefit is knowing that, as one day we will all be
held accountable for our actions - I believe that Jesus will hold
us accountable for the good and bad we have done - I will know that
I didn't allow something within my power to just slip through. But
I stood up and said: 'Well, actually this is a wrong thing, and
this is something we have to think about.'
"If no one had stood up and said: 'I don't think this is the
right thing,' we would not be having this particular debate about
international taxation and therefore the British taxpayer would not
get all of the money needed to build the next generation of
hospitals and schools."